Review: Plunge #3
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Joe Hill
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Deron Bennett
Reviewer: Tony Farina
The long-lost crew of the Derleth emerges from the wind-scoured stones and twisted pines of the Sinnikik atoll, looking not a day older than when they disappeared 40 years before. They come bearing impossible, dizzying gifts for their rescuers. But at what price?
I am one of those weirdos who listens to music while he reads. The music can have words and everything and it doesn’t distract me. From Austen to Orwell to Tom King, the music is on. Then, I get to Joe Freaking Hill and I can’t do it. I have to shut everything off because I want to be totally absorbed in the story he is telling and I feel like the music might make me miss something. His writing is so absorbing that I want absolute quiet so I can hear what is happening on the panel. Listen man, you are messing with my brain and I am not sure how to handle it.
Plunge #3 is just like everything else in Hill House comics. It is creepy AF. It is slow, but not painfully slow. It doesn’t so much drag me along as coax me into following. I can’t help it. Of course, Stuart Immonon is so good that I have to read this book with one hand over my eyes, while peeking through my fingers. I mean, there is a bird pulling an eye out of a corpse in this book. It is disturbing, but you can’t look away. Don’t belive me? Take a look:
Colorist Deron Bennett has so much to do too. The below deck stuff is amazing. Wow. Letterer Dave Stewart’s title page, with the numbers mixed in is inspired.
I never thought I would happy to think this hard about math. I have no complaints about this book
Plunge #3 is a winner just as the two episodes previously were. The mystery is real. The stakes feel real. This whole thing is creepy and magnificent. If you have not picked up the first two issues, please, please do. This is one you are going to want to keep forever.